April 18, 2013

What are the specifics of the Immigration Reform Bill?---II

A post below on our blog takes an especially negative view of the immigration reform bill. This criticism may well be justified, but the bill may be the best we get this time around. What cannot be doubted is that masses of people have gone into motion over immigrant rights and immigration reform and that vital connections have been made between these struggles and struggles for higher wages and better working conditions. Would the current strikes in the service and food industries be possible or happening were it not for great work done on immigrant rights? Certainly not.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition and the American Friends Service Committee are both working hard on doing a progressive analysis of the bill. It is 900 pages long and this will take some time. They are good resources on immigration work. Before anyone on the left or in progressive circles doubts the efficacy of the bill or the work done on it by unions, please either read the bill or wait for the analysis to be done.

The bill can be found here: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/forms/immigration.pdf.

Compassionate immigration reform opponents will be making their voices heard loud and clear over the next few days. May Day demonstrations are also coming.

A Bill Analysis Webinar will be done on Friday April 19, at 3:00 pm Eastern time by the Coalition. Please RSVP here: http://ow.ly/jNgQu and include any questions you would like addressed during the webinar.
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1 comment:

Ann Montague said...

We definitely need to read all the analysis of this bill. What I presented was pretty detailed. It is because of the strong movement for Immigrant Rights, energized by the May Day marches of 2006 that we need to support any fightback against this draconian legislation by Immigrant Rights groups. And particularly by the groups in the area where this legislation specifies increasing militarization of the border - including the use of drones